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Shin-Soo Choo says DUI arrest has led to struggles at plate

Jun 5, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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Here’s an interesting note from the Associated Press concerning the recent offensive struggles of Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo:

Choo believes he is thinking too much and trying too hard to make a good impression since he was charged with drunken driving.

The note is not accompanied by any kind of quote from Choo, so we’ll just have to assume that the Korean-born outfielder has indeed expressed that DUI-related frustration to reporters. The numbers certainly add up.

Choo was arrested on May 2 for driving under the influence of alcohol outside downtown Cleveland. He blew a .201 blood-alcohol level in a state where the legal blood-alcohol limit is .08. Since that arrest, the 28-year-old outfielder has hit just .233/.316/.320 with one home run and seven RBI in 27 games. He has struck out 30 times and drawn just 10 walks in that span. This from a guy who still owns a superb .857 career OPS.

Choo is batting sixth in the Indians’ lineup Sunday for the first time this season. He normally bats third.

  1. The Common Man/ - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Through May 1, he was hitting .250/.322/.394, well off his career marks. So no, the numbers do not add up. Unless he was really worried about the DUI he was going to get.

    • tomemos - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Um, yeah, Drew, do some research, huh?

      • Drew Silva - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:56 PM

        He hasn’t been able to break out yet and it’s now early June. He was struggling before the DUI, struggling even more after. That’s the story.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I feel no sympathy for him.

  3. purdueman - Jun 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    What he needs is a road series against the Tigers so that Cabrera can take him out on the town and the two of them can get good and soused together (hic!)!!!

  4. halladaysbicepts - Jun 5, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    You may be able to hit a slider Choo, but drinking and driving requires skill, too. And it is a skill you don’t have.

    Stay thirsty, my friend.

  5. bigtrav425 - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Where are all these douche bags that thought Choo was the next great thing at now?…if this is the case there goes his “payday” for now.No one wants someone who is supposedly a pretty good player,who cant handle adversity.Im a tribe fan and would love to dangle this guy for a better bat

    • purdueman - Jun 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      What I hear is that Choo is embarrassed over his DUI because he reportedly told the arresting officer that he hadn’t had anything to drink other that the juice from his kimchee pot. You see, Choo apparently didn’t realize that cabbage, just like juice from potatoes, can ferment to 100 proof!

  6. purdueman - Jun 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    One of Choo’s teammates, who wished not to be quoted, said that: “That fermented cabbage juice from Choo’s kimchee pot really puts the “woo-woo-woo into the Choo-Choo-Choo-Choo!”.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    I think that two year hitch in the Korean army he’s managed to blow off so far ought to help him regain his focus.

  8. cluckthefuster - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    I know Koreans really well. Lived there 7 years and married one, going on 28 years now. When inexperienced Korean english speakers translate Korean to english in their heads, the result often comes out as I tried too much, when they mean I tried hard. His english may have been misunderstood.

  9. purdueman - Jun 5, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    Actually Choo didn’t blow off his 2 year mandatory military commitment, but the Korean government did a nice job of providing a loophole for him to climb conveniently through.

    I read this in SI; apparently the Korean government can excuse the 2 year military commitment IF any athlete participates in a championship representing their country. Choo played in some sort of Asian tournament in between seasons that the Korean baseball team won.

  10. samu0034 - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I get really tired of the sanctimonious people on message boards who feel the need to pillory athletes for every mistake they make. I’m not trying to belittle the magnitude of a DUI, but jesus, look in a mirror next time you feel the need to crucify someone for mistakes that aren’t all that uncommon in our society.

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